The reasons for a tooth extraction can include repairing broken or decayed teeth as well as removing crowded teeth such as with wisdom teeth removal. One the major reasons for multiple tooth extractions is gum disease which can loosen severely damaged teeth. Simple extractions are performed on visible teeth and generally under local anesthesia. Surgical extraction is a more complicated procedure done on teeth which have not fully erupted or those which have broken under the gum line. Surgical extraction is most often performed under general anesthesia.
Your dentist will discuss the options for anesthesia with you and leave the decision to you. General anesthesia is usually preferred when several or all your teeth need to be removed. This prevents pain in the whole body and allows you to sleep through the entire procedure. The removed teeth can then be replaced with an implant, bridge, or denture.
Dental work, by and large, is risk-free. However, since some dental work may cause bacteria from your mouth to enter your bloodstream, infections are a risk to other parts of the body. Some reasons your dentist may prescribe antibiotics before and after dental surgery include:
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